Media project «The future is unsteady, memory is real»
It is an attempt to preserve a special place of memory, even if it disappears. Now the territory and buildings are being attacked by vandals and destroyed. The last barrack that survived from that time was demolished in 2019. The surviving objects — the infirmary, workshops, canteen, officer’s house, bathhouse — make Stalag 352 a unique place. This is one of the few camp complexes on the territory of the former USSR, which has survived to this day.
That is why the project team calls to visit this place. You can do this in several ways:
Contact the guide
The guide will take you through the core of the former Stalag 352 camp. You will visit the Stalag 352 memorial cemetery and museum in the Exaltation of the Cross Church. Contact phone: +375(29) 315-93-80 (Maria).
Stalag 352 was organized at the site of a military camp built in the 1930s in Masyukovshchina. Prior to the war, a military unit of the 7th Cavalry Division named after the English proletariat was located here, and a little later, the 355th Rifle Regiment
The Way to Captivity
Leonid Makarovich Vinnik told how he was taken to Stalag 352
Author’s animation based on the memories of prisoners of Stalag 352. Narrated by Belarusian actors of stage and screen
Stalag was divided into two parts: a wooded one, near the village of Masyukovshchina (a district of Minsk at present) and an urban part — in the Pushkin barracks along the Logoisk tract in Minsk. The bulk of the prisoners were kept in the "Forest Camp”
Number instead of name
No Crosses, No Monuments
Everything that could be eaten was completely eaten: grass, frogs, birds, if you were able to catch them...
A New Way
“Wait, let me check his heart... Yes, he is alive!” — the medical assistant exclaimed. Little by little I began to get out of the “other world”...
300 lives per horse
When the incident was reported to Mauer, he was in a huff: “All the camp to the parade ground!”
Rescued by Women
He believed that he owed his life to this woman, he returned for this reason.- the story of survival of the Honored Architect of the Belarus Rudik Petr Safronovich
Bundle With Potatoes
Two girls walked through the whole of Minsk, in the rain, to give their mother a bundle with onions and boiled potatoes... The story of Irina Antonovna Iodo from Minsk, whose mother was taken to Stalag 352
There were so many lice in our clothes that we took off our dirty underwear and rolled bottles on it…
- What comes next?
- Haven’t you heard? This is the road to hell...
Every day turned into a struggle for survival in unbearable conditions...
In August 1942, an extemporaneous theater was opened on the basis of hut No.6, where the Germans sorted out about 60 artists from among the prisoners of war. Prior to the war there were a club-house of the military unit
Despite the organization of the Ukrainian auxiliary police in the camp, the Germans took the Ukrainians ambiguously. The execution of 6 thousand persons in the winter of 1942 clearly shows that facts
Extermination by hunger
Stalag 352 was not an extermination camp, nevertheless everyday there was an extremely painful extermination by hunger…
The correspondent wrote by hand at night, by lamp light, at the table of desk attendant. His comrades were ready to give a signal in case of danger...
Flowers for Senkin
“Flowers for Senkin” is a multimedia short story about one day in the life of Stalag 352 and the heroic deed of doctor Mikhail Senkin
Every prisoner could redress situation at any moment by coming down to side of the enemy, becoming an inspector, police goon or informer. But many prisoners of war chose escape as a more difficult and dangerous path
Leaflets In Hair
“My sister hid leaflets in my hair. I remember I was crying. We brought them to the cemetery of prisoners of war...” The story of Zinaida Chernousik about underground resistance
The Brazen Escape
Leonid Makarovich Vinnik, an ex-prisoner of Stalag 352, tells how he and his comrades made the most brazen escape within sight of the guards — the “escape in armored cars”
Going into a disciplinary cell was considered a terrible punishment. There were two in the camp…
The clothes and shoes of the prisoners were often hand-made — sewed together from old overcoats, rags or even paper bags. Captive craftsmen made spoons, knives, razors and even toys
Torture on the Parade Ground
An incident caused by Captain Heinrich Lipp
The infirmary was a special place in Stalag. The three-storeyed barrack building turned to a place of mass mortality, a place of resistance and a symbol of fortitude of prisoners of war...
After escape, the prisoners had nothing to hope for, but the help of local civilians...
Everyday Compulsory Labour
Soviet prisoners of war were treated as slaves for works in the East. The blitzkrieg plan failed, and the Wehrmacht had need of manpower. Millions of Soviet prisoners of war and civilians were taken to work in Germany
The camp police in the camps for Soviet prisoners of war is a unique phenomenon. There was nothing of the kind in the camps for Western prisoners of war...
The House At The Rail Crossing
The inhabitants of the house at the rail crossing at the corner of the military town witnessed a lot, but could not tell much...
The Pot Of Beans
Vladimir Grigorievich Karavaev was incredibly lucky in the camp: he was appointed as a stoker and lodged in a room at the commandant’s office. An unknown German military man brought him medicine for three days when he was sick, and an « incognito » supporter hoisted down a pot of beans into the boiler room for several times
“If you don’t fight — you’re kaput!” The story of the boxing fight of Hauptmann Konrad Lipmann and prisoner of war Dmitry Menshenin based on the memories of Nikolai Kraev
The Italian Prisoners
Not only Soviet prisoners of war were kept in Stalag 352: 5000 Italian military internees (IMI) appeared in the camp in the autumn of 1943
Wardens and prisoners
The prisoners lived on their “nearly-life” simultaneously with the terrible tortures and executions, and the prisoners had to make a bargain with the Germans in order to survive. For the acts of humanity and «unallowed communication with prisoners of war» the camp guards were to subject to the disciplinary punishment (a day of close confinement) and the dispatch to the front
The Camp Is Non-existence
Captivity is some kind of nightmare. This is non-existence. This is a miserable, humiliating existence, not that of a person, but of some kind of animate creature...
In the spring of 1943, the City Camp in the Pushkin barracks was closed up (the SS unit was located in its place after the evacuation of the camp infirmary); as the Red Army approached, the evacuation of the forest part of Stalag 352 began. First of all, the Germans started to hide evidences of their crimes...